Thirty-five years ago, the world’s worst nuclear disaster took place in a Ukrainian town near the Belarus border.
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened overnight on 25-26 April 1986 in the now-abandoned town of Pripyat, when an explosion sent radioactive material into the air.
The disaster was covered in detail in 2019’s Sky Atlantic/HBO drama Chernobyl.
Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the former nuclear site.
What is the Chernobyl disaster and what happened?
The disaster occurred during a routine late-night safety test in the number four nuclear reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in the town of Pripyat, which is 104k from the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
The plant crew intentionally switched off the safety systems to test the turbine.
1/25Illegal tour of Chernobyl visits forgotten sites
A gas mask hangs in a building inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Remains of Soviet propaganda in one of the barracks of the abandoned anti-aircraft base Volkhov near the Chernobyl NPP
The shell of a television stands inside a building in the Chernobyl exclusion zone
A children’s play area inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone
A Soviet-era classroom in the Chernobyl exclusion zone
Duga was a Soviet over-the-horizon (OTH) radar system used as part of the Soviet missile defense early-warning radar network
In the Pripyat abandoned apartments you can still see the abandoned belongings of evacuated residents of the city
“Ambulance car model RAF-2203 Latvija (nickname Rafik) on the background of the Medical Sanitary Unit 126 in Pripyat…